Arguably one of the most popular dive site in the Galapagos Islands, Gordon Rocks offer some of the most incredible views of marine life in the area. The combination of fascinating land formations with the abundant fish species make diving in this location an unforgettable experience.
Located west, northwest of San Cristobal, Gordon Rocks is actually the remains of an ancient volcano crater that offers three pinnacles which rise above the surface of the ocean and form a semi-circle roughly 100 meters in diameter. Located in the middle of the crater just below the ocean surface is another pinnacle where a considerable amount of fish swirls around in this unique location.
The entire dive ranges from 5 meters down to 40 meters with most of the marine life to be found in the 18 to 25 meters depths. However, if you go just outside of the crater, the walls will drop off into the deep ocean which creates a true “abyss” effect.
You will find abundant marine life all around Gordon’s Rock which features the unique four pillars that make this area unlike any other place in the Galapagos Islands. This may be the best combination of unique “sea-scape” as well as marine life in the region.
The Marine Life of Gordon Rocks
There is considerable marine life located in these waters. The most prominent type is hammerhead sharks which can be found in abundance. However, there are also Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, manta rays and turtles that swim in and around the many different fish in the ancient crater.
You can also find a number of white tipped reef sharks, hawkfish, flag cabrillas, blennies, cardinal fish, king anglefish, yellowtail surgeonfish, barracudas, jack as well as sea lions. However, the most prominent is definitely the hammerhead sharks, so if you enjoy looking at this particular fish, then Gordon Rocks is the place to be.
Diving Requirements & Experience Level:
The visibility of Gordon Rocks is quite good which makes for an excellent dive. It is recommended that you keep in sight of your diving partner and party at all times, however the sheer number of fish in the region can make that difficult.
While the entire site is simply incredible, it is not for the novice or beginning diver. This is because the center pinnacle creates what is known as a “washing machine” effect thanks to the strong currents which can toss an inexperienced diver around. In general, there are strong currents that run horizontal as well as downwards in this area, so caution is advised at all times. This means that only experienced to advanced divers are encouraged to visit this area, anyone else will need to have more experience before taking the plunge.
This text is for information purposes only. It has been written by members of the website and can be inaccurate. Always contact local professional divers before diving.